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Director: Mahesh Bhatt

Starring: Sanjay Dutt, Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Jishu Sengupta, Makrand Deshpande, Gulshan Grover

Written by: Mahesh Bhatt and Suhrita Sengupta

SADAK 2, is a revenge story where Alia’s character Aaraya is seeking revenge of her mother’s death from a Godman named Gyaan Prakash played by Makarand Deshpande and her mother’s sister turned step mother Nandini (Priyanka Bose). She is against all the fake baba’s and wants to reveal the truth of Gyaan Prakash and her devotees. She is also on her journey to Kailash as it was her mother wish. In this mission of Aaryaa, she is assisted by Ravi (Sanjay Dutt), who is reprising his role of a taxi driver from the original 1991 SADAK, in this movie he is suffering from suicidal symptoms after losing his beloved wife Pooja (Pooja Bhatt) and Aaraya is also supported by her lover Vishal, played by Aditya Roy Kapur who has his own secrets. Rest of the story is how Alia and Sanjay Dutt find their individual closure.

Technically the film is good. Cinematography by Jay Patel is worth mentioning and some scenes are captured beautifully by him. Editing of Sandeep Kurup is crisp. Production value is also satisfactory. Dialogues were too old school, felt more like a film of late 80’s and 90’s they could have been way better for today’s day and age. Music was also not up to the standards set by Vishesh Films.

The film largely lacks in writing, characters and the overall script are is too shabbily written. The film does have some fine moments of emotions, twists and turns which are too limited and makes the film rather boring as it does too little to keep one remain affix with the film.

Performances wise Sanjay Dutt does a super job; Alia Bhatt is good but nowhere close to her standards. Aditya Roy Kapoor is functional. Jishu Sengupta plays his part well. Makrand Deshpande could have been better but again there is not much for him to do then become just a mere caricature of how films present fake babas. Rest of the cast fits in to their characters nicely.

As a director, Mahesh Bhatt does bring some of his vintage filmmaking charm to a few sequences but overall he is let down by his own script.

On the whole, SADAK 2 is dated. Although the film has some good moments but overall it feels like an opportunity missed. 

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